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Lucy Moore

Research project

Title: Stycas, kings and Vikings: the copper-alloy revolution in 9th-century England

Supervisors:  Professor Dawn Hadley and Andrew Woods (Yorkshire Museum) 

Funding: AHRC funded through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)

Copper-alloy stycas, minted in 9th-century Northumbria, are the most common early medieval English coins, but in need of radical reappraisal. Until recently it was assumed that styca  production stopped in 867 due to Viking attacks and civil war, but new research suggests that use and even production continued under Viking control. Comparison of these imitations with official Northumbrian stycas, and examination of stycas within their contexts (hoards, settlements, Viking camps), will enable a clearer understanding of their use and dating. This will provide new evidence for the impact of the Vikings on the 9th-century English economy.

This project is a collaborative award with the Yorkshire Museum.


I graduated with a BA in Modern History from Wadham College, University of Oxford in 2006. A desire to “get medieval history out the way” in my first term led me to study a module on early medieval British history and a comment in a tutorial that “coins are quite interesting” introduced me to the world of numismatics. After graduation I worked as a barista before moving up to study for a part-time MA at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. I graduated in 2009 and, unsure what to do, worked as a care assistant, a sales assistant and sold memberships for the National Trust. I also worked as an intern at Leeds Museums & Galleries, which gave me the support to work on a similar scheme at the Ashmolean Museum’ Heberden Coin Room as a Winton Fellow. 

In 2013 I joined the curatorial team at Leeds Museums & Galleries as Curator of Archaeology & Numismatics, before moving to a new role there as Projects Curator. The latter role was responsible for the museum service’s award-winning First World War commemoration programme. 

I joined the department in October 2019 to work on a collaborative doctoral award with the Yorkshire Museum re-examining ninth-century coinage in the kingdom of Northumbria. This combines my passion for early medieval coinage, and for museum work. In 2023 I was appointed as a research assistant for Medieval Coin Hoards of Britain and Ireland (MCHBI).

I volunteer widely: as a trustee for Leeds Civic Trust, a committee member for the Royal Numismatic Society and as a member of the Northwest Europe Grants Committee for the Wikimedia Foundation.



Moore L. & Pullan, N., Great War Britain: Remembering Leeds 1914-18 (History Press, 2015) 

Edited Volumes

Moore L., (ed.) Leeds Pals Handbook [Leeds Pals Volunteer Research Group Publication] (History Press, 2018)

Papers and book chapters

Moore, L, and Nevell, R. ‘Archaeology and Wikipedia’ in Archaeology and Media in the 21st Century (Routledge, forthcoming)

Carruthers, W, Niala, JC, Davis, S, Challis, D, Schiappacasse, PA, Dixon, S, Milosavljević, M, Moore, L, Nevell, R, Fitzpatrick, A, Abd el Gawad, H and Stevenson, A. 2021. Special Issue: Inequality and Race in the Histories of Archaeology. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 31(1): 4, pp. 1–19.

National awards

Academic Awards

  • Moore, 2019: “Kings, Bishops & Vikings: Coinage in 9th-century Northumbria” White Rose Consortium of the Arts & Humanities, PhD Studentship, c.£45,000
  • Moore, 2021: University of York, COVID Scholarship, c.£3,000
  • Moore, 2021: Royal Numismatic Society, COVID grant, £500
  • Moore, 2022: British Association of Numismatic Societies, International Numismatic Conference Grant, £700
  • Moore, 2022: White Rose Consortium of the Arts & Humanities, Small Award, £250
  • Moore, 2023: Oxford University, Digital Humanities Summer Scholarship

Conference papers

  • 16th International Numismatic Congress,  Poster: “Kings, Bishops & Vikings: Coinage in 9th-century Northumbria” 2022
  • 6th World Conference of the International Federation for Public History, “Communities, centenaries and partnerships: the First World War in Leeds” 2022
  • Empire, Armistice & Aftermath, Nanyang Technological University, December 2018, “Jogendra Nath Sen in Memory”
  • Royal Numismatic Society, London, November 2018, “Medals, Museums & the First World War”
  • The Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders & Sexualities, June 2017, “Gendering the First World War Centenary” 
  • Institut de Chandernagore, India, February 2017, “Jogendra Nath Sen in Leeds” (part of a British Council WIRP Grant)
  • Museums & Tech 2016, Wellcome Institute, October 2016, “Creating an online interactive using a ‘difficult’ collection”
  • Voices of the Home Fronts, National Archives, September 2016, “Cultural Life in Leeds: Museums, Galleries and the War”
  • Designing Commemoration, University of Limerick & Trinity College Dublin, September 2015, “A Graphic War – investigating the First World War through artist led research”
  • “Archaeological Archives & Family Learning”, CIfA Conference, 2015

Teaching and Impact

University of York 

  • October - December 2022, Undergraduate Year 1, Artefacts & Materials
  • October - June 2022/23, Undergraduate Year 1, Discovering Archaeology (marking) 

University of Aberdeen

  • MA module 2021
  • 2022: Museum Studies (guest seminar speaker)

Leeds Museums and Galleries

  • Formal and informal learning
  • 2013-22: Exhibition talks and tours, public lectures, workshops, youth engagement, study days


  • Student/volunteer trainer in association with Wikimedia UK
  • 2021-: Providing digital skills training for students and volunteers new to Wikimedia 


Committees, University of York 2021-22: PhD Representative: attended Board of Studies, Staff-Student Forum, YRGS Forum

Contact details

Lucy Moore
Department of Archaeology
University of York
Kings Manor